Priestley students were set the task earlier this year to create trophies for O2’s Think Big awards. They spent five months designing and making the trophies out of various materials including metal, wood, clay and Perspex.
Andrea Marren, Priestley’s Curriculum Manager for Art and Design, said: “Originally O2 wanted eight trophies, but ended up taking 15 because they couldn’t decide which ones they liked best. They are going to use the others for staff prizes.”
Think Big is a scheme for people aged 13 to 25 who want to help make things better in their local community.
O2 offers financial support to projects deemed worthy and are rewarding the best Halton-based ideas at a ceremony held at their Preston Brook headquarters.
Carmel Convery, Operations Manager at O2, said: “We wanted young people to design awards for young people.
“Priestley’s students were amazing and the teachers were so open, which meant the whole experience was lovely.”
Art and Design students – led by Tutor Gary Jones – were allowed to be as creative as they liked in designing the awards.
Their main challenge was making them look good, but also robust enough to withstand being presented and moved around.
O2 offered written feedback to students about each design and the team was so impressed they want Priestley students to design the trophies again next year.
Andrea added: “This project got the students used to working to a deadline and to a brief put forward by clients. It was a great experience for them and we’d like to thank O2 for giving us the opportunity.”